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Union welcomes end to daily’s office ‘saga’ after 18 months

Union chiefs which campaigned for a regional daily to regain its own office has welcomed an end to the “saga” after 18 months.

The Nottingham branch of the National Union of Journalists has praised Reach plc’s decision to reopen an office for the Nottingham Post.

HTFP reported earlier this week that the Post had opened a new headquarters in Castle Gate, Nottingham, after its previous City Gate home, off Derby Road, was shut last March.

The decision to bring back the office marked a double U-turn by Reach after City Gate was initially chosen as one of 15 ‘hubs’ across the country to survive the group’s mass office closure plan in 2021.

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Branch chair Diana Peasey told HTFP: “The Nottingham NUJ branch has tirelessly campaigned for the Nottingham Post to have an office.

“The saga to find a ‘hub’ or an office has been ridiculous since the closure of the Post’s offices in the business centre on Derby Road.

“The management spoke about opening up ‘creative spaces’ as part of the re-structure of local newspapers, but for at least 18 months nothing happened or was evident.

“Staff worked from home and never met up with their colleagues as one of my members told me. There had been no attempts to organise a social gathering and staff felt very isolated.

“At one NUJ meeting she said we were the first journalists she had met face to face. Earlier this year I spoke at the Reach shareholders meeting saying it just wasn’t good enough.

“So bravo for some common sense and welcome to the new offices in Nottingham’s Castle Gate.”

HTFP has approached Reach for a comment.